About this artwork

Although born in Islington of Scottish parentage, Reid trained with her older brother John Robertson Reid at his Edinburgh studio and at the Royal Scottish Academy, first exhibiting there professionally aged sixteen. Mainly resident in London from 1881, she travelled widely on the Continent and had an international exhibiting career. Bruges, with its famous and highly picturesque market, was a favourite subject which she revisited many times through the 1890s and early 1900s.

Flora Macdonald Reid

Flora Macdonald Reid

Macdonald Reid was a prolific painter of rural subjects and genre scenes who regularly contributed to major exhibitions in Britain and on the Continent. Like many of her contemporaries including George Clausen and James Guthrie, her early style was strongly influenced by the work of Jules Bastien-Lepage. Though born in London, the family returned to Edinburgh where she enrolled in classes at the Trustee’s Academy.  She began exhibiting at the Royal Scottish Academy at the age of sixteen. In 1881, she moved back to London with her siblings, John Robertson Reid and Lizzie Reid. She never married, allowing her to devote her life to her art.